2004 NCAA Division I-A football season: Wikis

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The 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with several undefeated teams vying for a spot in the national title game, triggering controversy. In the 2003 season, no team finished the regular season unbeaten, and five teams finished the season with one loss. In 2004, the situation became even more complicated, as five teams went without losing, a record in the BCS era (this record was tied in 2009, when five teams also went undefeated and a sixth, Florida, lost to undefeated Alabama in the SEC title game). USC of the Pac-10, Oklahoma of the Big 12, Auburn of the SEC, Utah of the MWC, and Boise State of the WAC all finished the regular season undefeated. USC and Oklahoma started the season ranked #1 and #2, respectively, but the other three teams were handicapped by starting out of the top 15. Thus USC and OU played for the BCS National Championship, while Auburn, Utah, and Boise State had to content themselves with other bowl games.

The Orange Bowl proved a rout with USC defeating Oklahoma 55-19, which earned the Trojans their second consecutive AP title and first BCS title. Auburn played in the Sugar Bowl and beat Virginia Tech, the #8 ranked ACC champion. Utah became the first BCS Buster and beat Pitt, the #21 ranked champion of the Big East, in the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State lost a close, high scoring game in the Liberty Bowl to Louisville, the #10 ranked Conference USA champion.

As with previous seasons, fans of successful teams left out of the BCS were disappointed. Auburn, Utah, and BSU all went unbeaten but were not offered a chance to compete for the championship. Auburn was especially the focus of national media attention on this topic; many thought that since Auburn managed to go undefeated in the traditionally tough SEC, they deserved a shot at the title. Adding to the BCS frustration was the fact that Auburn and Utah, though both in BCS bowl games, would not be able to play each other as a match-up of highly ranked unbeatens.

There was also a controversy in selecting the BCS bowls' second at-large team (Utah being the first). The University of California expected to get the invite, being ranked fourth in the BCS entering the last week of the regular season; the Texas Longhorns, who had been left out of the BCS the year before, was fifth before the final BCS rankings were released. Both teams finished at 10-1, but the Longhorns ultimately received enough support from poll voters to move into the fourth slot, which ensured they would also receive the final at-large bid. Texas coach Mack Brown was criticized for publicly politicking voters to put Texas ahead of California; Cal coach Jeff Tedford called for coaches' votes to be made public. Texas went on to defeat Michigan in the Rose Bowl, while California lost to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.

The Associated Press, as a result of two consecutive seasons of BCS controversy, prohibited the BCS from using their poll as part of its ranking formula. The AP poll was replaced by the Harris Interactive poll, and the AP continues to give out its own national championship trophy.

In another first, the LSU Tigers lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Capital One Bowl, becoming the first school to lose a non-BCS bowl a year after winning the BCS National Championship Game.

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Standings

Atlantic Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Virginia Tech 7 1 10 3 400 167
Florida State 6 2 9 3 302 169
Miami (FL) 5 3 9 3 380 204
Virginia 5 3 8 4 363 212
North Carolina 5 3 6 6 319 382
Georgia Tech 4 4 7 5 264 227
Clemson 4 4 6 5 236 229
N. Carolina St. 3 5 5 6 264 218
Maryland 3 5 5 6 195 220
Wake Forest] 1 7 4 7 230 253
Duke 1 7 2 9 183 322
Big 12 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
North
Colorado 4 4 8 5 304 332
Iowa St. 4 4 7 5 246 259
Nebraska 3 5 5 6 275 298
Missouri 3 5 5 6 256 215
Kansas 2 6 4 7 262 235
Kansas St. 2 6 4 7 326 337
South
Oklahoma 8 0 12 1 452 219
Texas 7 1 11 1 423 215
Texas Tech 5 3 8 4 434 314
Texas A&M 5 3 7 5 341 292
Oklahoma St. 4 4 7 5 387 301
Baylor 1 7 3 8 224 406
Championship: Oklahoma 42, Colorado 3
Big East Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Pittsburgh 4 2 8 4 325 288
Boston College 4 2 9 3 296 203
West Virginia 4 2 8 4 361 246
Syracuse 4 2 6 6 287 344
Connecticut 3 3 8 4 363 260
Rutgers 1 5 4 7 269 343
Temple 1 5 2 9 238 399
Big Ten Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Michigan 7 1 9 3 370 279
Iowa 7 1 10 2 292 211
Wisconsin 6 2 9 3 249 185
Northwestern 5 3 6 6 295 342
Ohio St. 4 4 8 4 290 219
Purdue 4 4 7 5 381 206
Michigan St. 4 4 5 7 353 326
Minnesota 3 5 7 5 361 273
Penn St. 2 6 4 7 195 168
Indiana 1 7 3 8 262 343
Illinois 1 7 3 8 240 323
Conference USA
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Louisville 8 0 11 1 597 236
Memphis 5 3 8 4 430 375
Southern Miss. 5 3 7 5 309 298
Cincinnati 5 3 7 5 344 320
Ala.-Birmingham 5 3 7 5 372 351
Texas Christian 3 5 5 6 362 373
Tulane 3 5 5 6 300 361
South Florida 3 5 4 7 271 351
Houston 3 5 3 8 230 354
East Carolina 2 6 2 9 231 439
Army 2 6 2 9 260 388
Mid-American Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
East
Miami (OH) 7 1 8 5 407 298
Bowling Green 6 2 9 3 532 282
Akron 6 2 6 5 271 347
Marshall 6 2 6 6 291 266
Kent St. 4 4 5 6 335 264
Ohio U. 2 6 4 7 221 271
Buffalo 2 6 2 9 197 351
West
Toledo 7 1 9 4 432 404
N. Illinois 7 1 9 3 421 304
E. Michigan 4 4 4 7 328 458
Cent. Michigan 3 5 4 7 260 378
Ball St. 2 6 2 9 225 405
W. Michigan 0 8 1 10 248 436
Cent. Florida 0 8 0 11 175 362
Championship: Toledo 35, Miami 27
Mountain West Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Utah 7 0 12 0 544 234
New Mexico 5 2 7 5 244 224
Brigham Young 4 3 5 6 267 295
Wyoming 3 4 7 5 318 297
Air Force 3 4 5 6 326 342
Colorado St. 3 4 4 7 261 325
San Diego St. 2 5 4 7 234 282
UNLV 1 6 2 9 229 357
Pacific 10 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Southern Cal 8 0 12 0 496 169
California 7 1 10 2 441 192
Arizona St. 5 3 9 3 358 294
Oregon St. 5 3 7 5 320 294
UCLA 4 4 6 6 361 309
Oregon 4 4 5 6 282 282
Washington St. 3 5 5 6 275 307
Stanford 2 6 4 7 242 233
Arizona 2 6 3 8 164 275
Washington 0 8 1 10 154 334
Southeastern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
East
Tennessee 7 1 10 3 378 295
Georgia 6 2 10 2 335 198
Florida 4 4 7 5 382 253
South Carolina 4 4 6 5 243 229
Kentucky 1 7 2 9 173 341
Vanderbilt 1 7 2 9 212 286
West
Auburn 8 0 13 0 417 147
Louisiana St. 6 2 9 3 344 205
Alabama 3 5 6 6 295 189
Arkansas 3 5 5 6 328 270
Mississippi 3 5 4 7 215 278
Mississippi St. 2 6 3 8 173 280
Championship: Auburn 38, Tennessee 28
Sun Belt Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
North Texas 7 0 7 5 309 358
Troy St. 4 2 7 5 286 200
New Mexico St. 3 2 5 6 273 355
Louisiana-Monroe 3 3 5 6 211 303
Middle Tenn. 4 4 5 6 269 293
Arkansas St. 3 4 3 8 215 365
Louisiana-Lafayette 2 5 4 7 242 272
Utah St. 2 5 3 8 184 333
Idaho 2 5 3 9 245 473
Western Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Boise St. 8 0 11 1 587 308
Texas-El Paso 6 2 8 4 429 301
Fresno St. 5 3 9 3 482 253
Louisiana Tech 5 3 6 6 308 382
Hawaii 4 4 8 5 467 499
Nevada 3 5 5 7 356 413
Tulsa 3 5 4 8 345 398
Southern Meth. 3 5 3 8 202 420
Rice 2 6 3 8 279 377
San Jose St. 1 7 2 9 312 469
Independents
Team W L PF PA
Navy 10 2 334 238
Notre Dame 6 6 289 289

Final AP Poll

  1. USC (12-0)
  2. Auburn (13-0)
  3. Oklahoma (12-1)
  4. Utah (12-0)
  5. Texas (11-1)
  6. Louisville (11-1)
  7. Georgia (10-2)
  8. Iowa (10-2)
  9. California (10-2)
  10. Virginia Tech (10-3)
  11. Miami (9-3)
  12. Boise St. (11-1)
  13. Tennessee (10-3)
  14. Michigan (9-3)
  15. Florida State (9-3)
  16. Louisiana St. (9-3)
  17. Wisconsin (9-3)
  18. Texas Tech (8-4)
  19. Arizona State (9-3)
  20. Ohio St. (8-4)
  21. Boston College (9-3)
  22. Fresno St. (9-3)
  23. Virginia (8-4)
  24. Navy (10-2)
  25. Pittsburgh (8-4)

Bowl games

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BCS bowls

Rankings given are AP rankings going into bowl games

Other New Years Day bowls

December bowl games

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Trophy is given annually to college football's most outstanding player

Other major awards

References


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